WWE Draft 2011: Why Doing It the Week Before a PPV Is a Bad Idea

Josh McCainSenior Writer IApril 25, 2011

UNCASVILLE, CT - AUGUST 3:  Actor Jeremy Piven guest hosts WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' at Mohegan Sun on August 3, 2009 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Personally, I've never been a fan of the WWE brand extensions and, therefore, the draft.

I think separating the talent to two different shows cuts out a lot of possibilities for feuds in the WWE and actually suppresses rising talent instead of helping them out.

With that said, the brand extension and the draft are ways of life in the WWE, so I've grown to accept them.

However, what boggles my mind is that fact that we're going to "shake things up" a week before a pay-per-view.

After all, the WWE is fairly predictable as it is.  Most of us can figure out who's going to win at the PPV usually just based on who has the upper hand on the previous show.

For example, if tonight on Raw, The Miz and Alex Riley beat the crap out of John Cena as the show goes off the air, then there is a 99 percent chance Cena will win at the PPV on Sunday. 

It's not a lock, but let's face it, we've seen it happen time and time again.

The draft this week adds a little more predictability to this Sunday's Extreme Rules PPV.

I highly doubt the marque title in the WWE, the WWE title, will be making it's way to Smackdown, so if either Cena or The Miz gets drafted to Smackdown, then it's safe to say the other will leave Extreme Rules with the title.

I know John Morrison is involved in that match, too, but show of hands of who actually thinks he's going to win.  Not counting the weirdo in the back, the total count of hands is zero.

Likewise for Smackdown's title match.  Currently, Smackdown doesn't have a champion, so it's pretty safe to assume if either Christian or Alberto Del Rio (by the way, has anyone noticed his last name translates to Of the Rio) is drafted by Raw that the other will win the title match.

Of course, the WWE could swerve the heck out of us and send the WWE title to Smackdown and the heavyweight title to Raw, but I highly doubt it.

With all that said, here are some bold predictions for the draft and how they'll affect Sunday's PPV:

  • The Miz and Morrison go to Smackdown, meaning John Cena will win the WWE title once again.
  • Alberto Del Rio goes to Raw, giving Christian his first major singles title (sorry, TNA fans, TNA's heavyweight title is on par with the WCW TV title).
  • Randy Orton will go to Smackdown (I believe for the very first time) and either Kane or the Big Show (maybe both) will be heading to Raw. 


Bonus Predictions

  • Christian will quickly drop the title to The Miz (in a month or less), making way for The Miz and Orton to rekindle their feud.
  • Del Rio will immediately become the No. 1 contender against John Cena and will capture the title by Summer Slam.